EAT PRAY LOVE
I've just finished reading, Eat, Pray, Love by Elizabeth Gilbert - at least I think it's Eat, Pray, Love in that order......Riley, he's the cute little Westie featured at the top of my blog site.....Riley loves to "read" also and in his voracious reading he did manage to eat the cover and the first few pages of the book - however, I had already begun the book and he ate pages I had already read. (Yep, you see Riley does get away with murder around here - but that's another story!)
Yes, of course, it's Eat, Pray, Love. I laughed and cried along with Elizabeth as she recounted her life tales. I was having a nervous breakdown (well maybe not quite) but was extremely nervous as she ate her way across Italy; my inner voice kept yelling - "get on a scale - what are you thinking?!" Well, 25 pounds later she took off for her "diet - find God" - trip to India - but for those of you who have read the book, you don't need a recap and for those of you who haven't, I recommend it as some serious, some religious, some way too personal in my opinion, and in general, just a good read.
I marked many pages I wanted to post about but the obvious word and thought for me was the one to which she referred often - at least twice anyway - was attraversiamo which in Italian means 'Let's cross over.'
I'm personally crossing over these days from several states of existence -
from paid employment (my business career)
to unpaid retirement.....well, I was preparing along the way so it's not totally "unpaid"
from 20 hours needing to be in my work space on my computer
to as many hours as I want to be in my work - we call it now - my play space
from a valued employee
to a valued volunteer
from wife of the Episcopal rector employed
to wife of the Episcopal rector retired
So the facts are those from's and to's, the question, the journey, the joy is beginning to unfold already.
What am I crossing over to do, to be, to participate, to enjoy, to learn, to explore?
-To explore and to cherish family, friendship - (a recent blog post on January 17)
-To enjoy my volunteer participation and not treat it as a serious, life-threatening event when things don't always get done
-To enjoy my new leisure time in whatever activity I choose, without guilt
-To practice my writing skills
-To revive and rejoice in my creative talent; to trust and believe in the efforts I make in that regard
-To increase my listening relationship with God
-To increase my service in God's work and in the work of being a disciple
Yes, I'm crossing over - Elizabeth Gilbert's word echoed within me. Are there places that you find yourself crossing over? Maybe there should be some places in which you should cross or maybe even jump or skip over - in the meantime I join Elizabeth in repeating "Attraversiamo!" Let's cross over.....